Tom Brady's consecutive streak of 52 games with a touchdown pass ended Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium before 64,259 when cornerback
After Brady and the Pats were held to a field goal when he had a first-and-goal from the 1 in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Bengals forced a three-and-out with 2:32 left when right end
The defense needed to make one final curtain call. The Bengals couldn't generate a first down and when
The Bengals finally scored their first touchdown in 21 drives and eight quarters when former Patriots running back
It capped one of the craziest drives ever seen at the yard on the river, a 93-yard, 14-play slog that consumed 7:48. The Bengals were staring at a third-and-15 from their own two with 1:10 left in the third quarter when quarterback
From the 1 on third down Peko lined up as a fullback, but moved before the ball was snapped, putting the ball back at the 5. Dalton ran for four yards on a draw and head coach Marvin Lewis decided to go for it and this time Peko didn't move.
Dalton, who finished 20-of-27 for 212 yards and an 81.1 passer rating, didn't target a wide receiver until about there were about six minutes left in the first half, but when the dust cleared after he hit three different ones the Bengals had a 3-0 lead over the Patriots with 3:12 left on Nugent's 39-yard field goal in a half that ended 3-3.
The Patriots, who have scored more than 500 points in each of the last three seasons, avoided getting shut out in the first half for the first time since Christmas Eve 2011 when Brady got the ball on a Huber punt at the 50 with 37 seconds left after the Bengals ran it three times. A juggling catch over the middle by wide receiver Danny Amendola despite tight coverage by Crocker for 21 yards is all the Pats needed for Stephen Gostkowski's 42-yard field goal with eight seconds left.
But defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who got the game ball for his efforts, had Brady on his heels all during a game played mostly in overcast but dry conditions until the two-minute deluge and forced the future Hall of Famer to punt five times in the half. The Bengals sacked him twice, hit him a total of five times, and held him to 1-for-7 on third down as he finished 18-of-38 for 197 yards and a 52.2 rating.
But the Bengals offense couldn’t take advantage. For all the harping about the running game, the Bengals didn't get much movement until the second half. They ran it more than they threw it (16-12), but only got 3.6 yards per rush with Green-Ellis netting 41 yards on 10 carries and Bernard just three yards on four carries. But the Bengals ended up rushing for a season-high 162 yards on 4.2 yards per carry.
The Bengals scored when left end
Dalton finished the half 10-of-12 for 107 yards as the Bengals went 1-for-6 on third down.
Brady went to work against a reduced Bengals defense without one of its top pass rushers, right end
Second series, another sack. This time it came on third-and-two when Brady went play-action again, but Gilberry was right on top of him to force another punt. Burfict showed blitz, but backed off at the last minute and Gilberry whipped past the frozen Solder.
Yet the Bengals had to punt both times after the sacks. They ran it on their first five snaps but despite the absence of Patriots Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork they had only one significant gain and that came on the first one when Green-Ellis went left for 13 yards. Bernard checked in on the next series and found no room on a sweep left on first down. After Patriots end Rob Ninkovich beat left tackle
Dalton's first career red-zone interception couldn't have come at a worse time, in a scoreless game with Brady, and it stopped his NFL-best streak of 37 straight red-zone touchdown passes without an interception. The Bengals got into the red zone with some hellacious running by BJGE, the former Patriot (a 13-yard run ignited by right guard
It was Eifert that Dalton went after in the red zone, but he made the mistake of throwing back over the middle as he scrambled to his right and linebacker Brandon Spikes was sitting right there as the offensive woes from last week continued. With 7:54 left in the first half Dalton had yet to target Green or any wide receiver. And on the series after the interception, Dalton got four yards on a quick throw to Gresham, Bernard got nothing up the middle and on third down the Bengals tried a swing pass to Bernard and linebacker Jerod Mayo blew up Bernard just as he caught it.
The Bengals didn't get a sack in the first half after the first two series, but continued to get good pressure. Rookie end
The inactive list didn't bode well for the Bengals as they prepared to play the undefeated Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday at sold-out and drenched Paul Brown Stadium.
As showers peppered PBS, head coach Marvin Lewis revealed he wouldn't have one of his top pass rushers in right end Michael Johnson (concussion) and his two top slot cornerbacks in Leon Hall (hamstring) and Brandon Ghee (thigh). Meanwhile, Brady had wide receiver Danny Amendola back in the lineup for the first time since the opener to test a devastated secondary down to the bare bones.
Johnson had never missed a game in five seasons, ending his club-long 71 games played streak.
Safety Reggie Nelson returned after missing last week's game in Cleveland with a hamstring injury, but backup safety Chris Crocker, just 10 days removed from the couch, was going to have to take a bunch of snaps in the slot where he would see the NFL's top slot receiver in Julian Edelman, as well as Amendola at times.
Wallace Gilberry got his first Bengals start, fourth NFL start, and first since 2011 in place of Johnson and rookie end Margus Hunt, the second-round pick from SMU, was active for the first time this season. Other Bengals inactives were the usual: offensive linemen
Lewis's captains were Jermaine Gresham and